This workshop will take place from 1:00-5:00 pm EDT on March 25th.
Marine energy is defined as the energy harvested from the movement of water in the oceans or large rivers and from ocean gradients. Offshore wind is excluded because the source of power is not ocean water. As marine energy project deployments are increasing around the world, there is a need to understand and monitor for potential effects on the marine environment.
This workshop will discuss what is known about effects of wave energy converters on the marine environment, marine animals, and the habitats that support them, as well as the human activities that rely on them. Based on studies in the U.S. and internationally, responsible development of low carbon sustainable and renewable energy from the ocean can be developed along our coasts without harming the environment and the activities that support the region.
This workshop will be of interest to any community members interested in marine renewable energy development. In addition to gaining insight into the current state of the science of marine energy environmental and social effects, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and express your interest and concerns about marine energy projects. While no wave projects are presently planned for North Carolina and the surrounding area, these waters may be ideally suited for supplying secure locally-generated power.
This workshop will cover the same material as the March 27th workshop at the Duke Marine Laboratory, so interested participants should attend the workshop most suitable to their location.
Introduction, objectives of the workshop
Introduction to marine energy and environmental effects, differences and similarities with offshore wind
Marine energy permitting and stakeholder engagement process
Wave energy converters and ocean current use case presentation